Terry M. Foster

Terry Foster Terry M. Foster, MSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, CPEN, FAEN
Taylor Mill, Kentucky
Candidate for Nominations Committee
Region 3



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Current Employment
Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Emergency Department
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Kentucky
Professional Credentials/Certifications
CEN, CPEN, CCRN, ACLS Instructor, PALS Instructor, TNCC Instructor, ENPC Instructor
MSN, 1997, Critical-Care & Trauma Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
BSN, 1994, Graceland College, Independence, Missouri
RN Diploma, 1981, The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, Cincinnati, Ohio
LPN, 1977, Booth Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing, Covington, Kentucky

2012-2014 Nominations Committee
2011 Fellow, Academy of Emergency Nursing
2009 Recipient, Judith C. Kelleher Award
2001 Lifetime Achievement Award
2000-2001 Member, National Membership Committee
1986-1987 Member, Trauma Committee
1984 Kentucky Emergency Nurse of the Year
2010-2014 Member, Board of Directors, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
2008-2011 Member, Emergency Nurses Day Committee
2007 Emergency Nurses Day Award, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
2002-2007 Member/Faculty, Emergency Nurses Education Consortium1993-1995 Member, Workshop Committee, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
1990-2012 Hospital Representative
1990-2004 Chair, CEN Review Workshop Committee, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
1986-1987 President, Greater Cincinnati Chapter
1985-1986 Vice President, Greater Cincinnati Chapter

Position Statement
What attribute is essential to enhance ENA’s mission of Safe Practice and Safe Care?
The success of the safe practice/safe care mission is contingent on nurses working in an honest environment where the admission of medical errors will not result in disciplinary action. Many nurses are afraid to report such incidents. There needs to be a culture of acceptance, encouragement and coaching for all emergency nurses who report adverse patient safety situations
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Statement to Membership
I helped organize the first meeting to reactivate the Cincinnati ENA chapter in 1984 (wearing my Roadrunner pin). I attended my first scientific assembly that year and was “hooked” from that point. For our new chapter, I was elected vice president in 1985 and president in 1986. I’ve always felt nurses should belong to our professional association. Although I was “just a diploma graduate, staff nurse,” I felt embraced by the ENA and the camaraderie of its members.

A supporter of certification in nursing for my entire career, I’ve been a CEN since 1983. I began teaching CEN reviews for our chapter for free 1986, and still teach them on a national level today. I always renew my certification by exam to stay current on the content.

I feel that I have always been able to relate well to ED staff nurses, which are the back bone of the ENA. I believe we should never lose sight of this. I love the fact that we can connect with another emergency nurse (through my lectures, humor, patient stories, or networking), and we can instantly relate on a variety of issues directly involving our work.

I’ve presented at nursing conferences, mainly to emergency nurses, in all 50 states. I started a practice over 10 years ago to promote ENA whether the conference was affiliated with an ENA chapter or not. At the end of my keynote lectures, I have a slide titled “Why I belong to ENA.” I feel if I have a captive audience of emergency nurses and I’ll use this forum and my first-hand experience to promote my love of the ENA and everything it has to offer.

My advice to my tenured emergency nurse colleagues is to always hold the hand of the new nurse as they start their journey into emergency nursing. That hand that you held, in those novice days, may one day be the hand that is holding yours as your journey is through. Thanks to ENA, our profession, and our work, goes full circle, and if elected, I will continue that process.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure
No conflicts disclosed.

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